Author: Editorial Staff

The Florentine editorial staff
May 5, 2005
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Italy rejects U.S. version of official’s death

The Italian government formally rejected the results of the U.S. investigation into the “friendly fire” shooting of one of Italy’s top secret service agents by American military during a rescue operation in Iraq.   A report by American military investigators was published last week, in
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Soap Opera Ads New Trend

Italian television, famous for its racy ads depicting scantily clad women, has now hit on a new trend in advertising. The “soap opera” ad, or, a series of advertisements that follow a story line, is now being used for products ranging from mobile phones to mineral water, in
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Gabinetto Vieusseux Has New President

The acclaimed library, archive, and restoration institution of Florence, Gabinetto Vieusseux, recently welcomed a new president, Enzo Cheli. Cheli previously held such prestigious roles as Judge for the Constitutional Court, and hopes are that he will successfully re-launch this important historical institution.   The Gabinetto Vieusseux is located in
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Wine auction to support music

Some of the best wine making names in Italy will be auctioning off their wine at a benefit event next May 20th to support Florence’s most important annual musical festival, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Names like Frescobaldi, Antinori, Castello Banfi, Biondi Santi, Arnoldo Caprai, Umani Ronchi, Ca del Bosco,
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Volareweb Returns

The Italian low cost airline Volareweb will begin flying again on June 1st. After a scandal in 2004 led to the arrest of several of the Company’s CEO’s, flights had been terminated until now. Tickets can be bought online and all cost 40 Euro for any
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Richard Ginori Stays in Florence

Even one of the most famous porcelain and dinnerware companies in Italy, Richard Ginori, has been hit by the recent economic crisis and risked moving its production away from its native Florence plant in order to cut costs. A new management has now taken over the company and has decided
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Stadium in Piazza Santa Croce gets a face-lift

Both residents and tourists alike have long complained that the stadium set up every summer in Piazza Santa Croce for the Historic Football (Calcio Storico) matches is truly an eyesore in front of one of the most beautiful churches of the city. And now city councillors have fi nally thought
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500,000 Attend May Day Concert

The annual May Day concert in Rome was a success again this year, attracting over half a million people to its all-star line up of Italian singers. The likes of Francesco De Gregori, Enzo Jannacci, Velvet and Tiromancino performed on behalf of the Italian unions who have organised the
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Cost of Living Rises 1.2% in Florence

Although lower than that of most large cities in Italy, Florence’s cost of living has risen 1.2% since last year. While the cost of rent, water, gas, and clothing has increased, that of various food items has actually decreased. The cost of meat and fruit fell by
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Stolen art works recovered

Florentine authorities raided a home near Arezzo last week in a successful fi nale to the three month long operation organised to recover 20 pieces of valuable art that had been stolen over the past eight years.   The pieces that were stolen primarily from churches and private homes range